Open mike 21/04/2019

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163 comments on “Open mike 21/04/2019”

  1. patricia bremner 1

    Until the Davos crowd fund carbon capture and put their wealth into saving the planet we appear doomed.  The deadliest sin… greed. Western culture has not lived with nature respectfully, it has raped and subjugated all the way. This has spread like a virus.

    We need to become minimalists very quickly or perish along with the rest of Earths organisms.

    David Attenborough is correct…10 short years to change.

    • Kevin 1.1

      This is exactly what Guy McPherson has been hammering for years but he is a ‘nut job’ but as soon as Attenborough comes to the same conclusion it’s now believable. 

      • patricia bremner 1.1.1

        You are correct,  but hopefully the Extinction Rebellion is underlining the emergency Kevin.

  2. Sancho_Panza 2

    What's a conservative Nacionalista to do when confronted with a fired-up Jacinda ?

  3. aj 4

    Sex, Lies and Julian Assange

    In this 2012 ABC Four Corners investigation, reporter Andrew Fowler goes to Sweden for a revealing look at the allegations of sexual crimes hanging over Julian Assange's head. This is compulsory viewing for anyone wanting to look objectively at the events leading to the current saga. 

    This 46 minute program can be viewed here

    From Global Research

    "There is no doubt whatsoever of the injustice and persecution of Assange by the world’s only hyper power, America, because Assange published details of US war crimes and corruption. Its that simple!

    Being forced to seek refuge in an Embassy in London is a disgrace for Britain, a Country with a long tradition of fair play and justice.

    "If, after watching this documentary, you believe anything else, you are easy pliable fodder for manipulation by what has become, totalitarian States. It means you never read and understood the writings of Aldous Huxley or George Orwell. It means you are ‘a sheeple’. If you can’t see through the fog of disinformation and propaganda, you have no idea of the concept of freedom"

    • My favourite part is where Assange is interviewed by the Swedish Police and tells the interviewer he's worried that the interview will be leaked to the press.  The interviewer assures Assange he's not going to leak anything.  Later, the interview is leaked.  I expect the irony was totally lost on Assange, but no doubt the cops had a good giggle over the poetic justice of it.

      • francesca 4.1.1

        Yes what a giggle , when the state justice system ,  with all its power ,breaches its own rules and acts against the "accused" who at this point is deemed innocent until proved guilty.

        Thus queering the pitch for a fair trial 

        Oh its quite delicious to see the notion of  justice dishonoured in such a way

        • Psycho Milt

          Yes, it's almost as though the indiscriminate leaking of confidential information might not be an unalloyed good, or something.  

          That unintended humour in the documentary wasn't really all that funny, but it did lighten the mood a bit after all the rape apologia that preceded it.  That stuff wasn't funny at all.

      • Brigid 4.1.2

        Apart from the point Francesca has made, there's quite a difference between the information the Swedish Police leaked and the information published by Wikileaks.

        It's a shame you can't see that.

        Is there any point in me spelling it out for you?

        Probably not.

        • Psycho Milt

          Quite a difference, yes.  In this case, the leak was targeted, rather than a wholesale dump of confidential information that can put people's lives at risk.

          • Drowsy M. Kram

            Who/what were the ‘Swedish police’ targetting with their leak, and why?

            What were they aiming to achieve?

            • Psycho Milt

              Identity and motive(s) of the leaker are unknown (to me at least).  Could be they were part of a devious black op to try and discredit Assange, could be someone was annoyed enough at Assange's arrogance to want to poke a needle in his puffed-up self-importance, could be one of them saw the irony in leaking the world champion leaker's confidential info.  Could be just about anything.  

          • francesca

            Care to elaborate?

            • Psycho Milt

              Which bit?  Seems likely the leak of Assange's police interview was targeted rather than a wholesale dump of police interviews to the papers, because there are no news stories about a wholesale dump of Swedish police interviews.  Wikileaks, on the other hand, does just dump whatever's handed to it onto the Internet, and there are plenty of news reports of people put at risk by it.  

              • francesca

                So PM, please tell me who has been harmed and put at risk by Wikileaks dumps?

                Anyone killed or jailed or tortured?Would be big news if that had happened

                I can only name Assange himself as being at risk from Wikileaks dumps, particularly those outing war criminals

                • joe90

                  please tell me who has been harmed and put at risk by Wikileaks dumps?



                  He was prepared to put Afghan contractors and their families in harms way and the prick deliberately smeared the reputation of a murder victim and was more then happy to prolong the family's anguish.



                  A reporter worried that Assange would risk killing Afghans who had co-operated with American forces if he put US secrets online without taking the basic precaution of removing their names. "Well, they're informants," Assange replied. "So, if they get killed, they've got it coming to them. They deserve it."




                  With Assange behind it, the Seth Rich hoax moved into the almost-mainstream, spawning a quickly-retracted report on Fox News, and a series of “investigations” by Assange ally Sean Hannity. It also wreaked havoc in the lives of Rich’s surviving family, particularly his anguished parents who later begged perpetrators of the charade “to give us peace, and to give law enforcement the time and space to do the investigation they need to solve our son's murder.”






                  In the end, the most charitable interpretation of Assange’s “dissembling” as Mueller calls it, in the Seth Rich hoax is that he genuinely couldn’t rule out the possibility that Rich was his source. The Mueller report demolished that final moral refuge. Rich had been dead four days when Assange received the DNC files.



                  • francesca

                    "a reporter worried"

                    "Seth Rich"  Assange was incredibly tight lipped about that,. He has never exposed a source, he had very little to say 

                    Bill Binney, the architect of NSA who argued for targeted surveillance rather than scoop em all up had and has far more to say about Rich

                    View at

                    As does Seymour Hersh






                    • aj

                       the Seth Rich hoax

                      If we didn't know it already the election of Trump and subsequent events shows that the truth can be far stranger than fiction.  

                  • mauī

                    Thanks for that Joe, always good to get the smears on whistleblowers and journalism out in the open.

                    • joe90

                      Manning blew the whistle, not Assange.

                    • One Two []

                      Confirmation bias is the thread for you, joe…

                      All that time trawling the net has confirmed your bias…


                    • mauī

                      Thank you One Two.

                    • One Two []

                      Thanks not necessary , maui…but I hear you…

                      J90's commentary is sub par as a rule…but that particular comment reeks of someone who needs to get outside more and vary the sources of sites visited…

                      J90 has linked to snopes article, today…which is a strong signal of how he has arrived at such a perspective where assange is not a whistleblower…but manning is…

                      Snopes is likely one of his speed dial sites…and is a red flag anytime you see a link to that site…

                    • marty mars

                      Bullshit one two – joe is a respected commenter with valuable information and insights – maui and you are not really much truck as commenters imo – just too negative all the time. It is funny watching maui without ed – sad when the organ grinder is missing alright.

                    • One Two []

                      All very subjective, eh marty…

                      Joes insights are most often limited to a single word…or a few words at times…

                      That possibly appeals to certain folks…

                      Based on your assessment of joe…how would you assess yourself?

                      Remember to factor in all of the abuse you've delivered…plenty of it…many many years worth…

                    • Andre

                      Uh marty, heee's baaaaack. At least it looks like it. Check the first comment over on Confirmation Bias.

                    • marty mars

                      lol that's sad

                    • Check the first comment over on Confirmation Bias.

                      Bring back Ed and bring back Paul?  Doesn't that cause one of those space/time distortions that create big explosions in scifi movies?

                    • joe90

                      or a few words at times…


                      Brevity, rather than arcane word salads and unfulfilled ellipses.

                      You should try it sometime, sport.

                    • One Two []

                      brevity you reckon, joe…

                      I doubt you believe that…I certainly don't…

                      The comment you made about assange/manning was as bad as your linking to snopes…

                      Running away from the Bigtree 'scum' question I asked you, spoke to your personality…



                    • joe90

                      Bigtree 'scum' question



                      Proplaguers are scum. All of them.



                    • One Two []

                      Using a hashtag serves to illustrate where you've gone aray…

                      Here's what I reckon…

                      As a result of your extremely warped and lopsided reading habits…

                      Every single one of your social feeds is extremely warped…you get how it functions eh…surely…

                      So…you trigger fingered an (anti s*mitic smear) reaction and posted the bigtree tweet thread…before you bothered to cross read the background of what was going on to orthodox jewish community in Rockland County…and now elsewhere in NYC…

                      …because your extremely lopsided reading has warped you into such a twisted state…confirmation bias is unrecognizable to you…

                      I called you out…you ran…because I knew what you'd done…see above…

                      Refute it … go on…go for it…

                    • marty mars

                      yeah Joe is pithy one two – maybe if you didn't spend all your time abusing others you'd have something to say too. It seems like you write a lot of words and say very little. But it takes all sorts…

                    • One Two []

                      I'm the abuser…

                      Marty…shall I post your history of abuse back to you…again…

                      The apologies you used to tend were so contrived…because you need to convince yourself of being a good guy…

                      Long archived records of abusive insults on this site…you and the angry man club…says you've got it twisted…

                      So my comments go over your heads…handle it better…

                      We're not all the same, marty…some of us know more about certain subjects…

                      Simple 'maths' for you…nothing that warrants the abuse you hurl…bro…

                    • …my comments go over your heads…

                      We're not all the same, marty…some of us know more about certain subjects…

                      It's like Clayton Weatherston had access to the Internet.  Has anyone checked to make sure he's still serving his sentence?


                    • marty mars

                      You're not my bro you racist prick one two – still spilling your bile on people, still trying to be different to your reality, your sadness. Stop blaming others for your stuff one two – own it and it will put you on the track which leads to the road that will set you free. Believe and it will happen.

                      Edit @ PM – lol

                    • joe90

                      So…you trigger fingered an (anti s*mitic smear) reaction and posted the bigtree tweet thread…before you bothered to cross read the background of what was going on to orthodox jewish community in Rockland County…and now elsewhere in NYC…




                      I don't speak jabberwocky so best you translate.

                  • Kevin

                    The US Govt had no problem outting one of their own spies, Valerie Plame, and knowingly endangering her entire network just because her husband wrote a paper criticising  the bullshit around Iraq. 

                • So PM, please tell me who has been harmed and put at risk by Wikileaks dumps?

                  Not my job.  I said "there are plenty of news reports of people put at risk by [Wikileaks dumping data without checking it first]."  You can confirm that for yourself simply by Googling has wikileaks put people at risk.  

                  As I said, there are plenty of reports in that results list, but this one makes for a representative example:  Private lives are collateral damage in Wikileaks' document dumps


                  • Brigid

                    " You can confirm that for yourself simply by Googling has wikileaks put people at risk. "

                    Oh dear

                    And that the interwebs says it makes it true.

                    Where the hell did we find the truth before the internet came along. How did we cope??!

                    • And that the interwebs says it makes it true.

                      Not even slightly.  My claim was "there are plenty of news reports of people put at risk" and the truth of that is confirmed by a Google search, as I said.  The veracity of the news reports is a different matter entirely.  Do you dispute the news reports?

          • Kevin

            Who lives were at risk from the WikiLeaks dump?


      • McFlock 4.1.3

        I quite liked the bit at 14:10 where A's UK legal advisor talks about red notices vs orange notices. According to her, red notices are just for terrorists, and even ghaddafi only had an orange notice, so totes suss on that.

        <a href="">Notice colour is about type of notice function, not severity</a>.  Notices to provisionally arrest (red notice) are issued by the thousands every year. Ghaddafi was, according to A's "advisor", on an orange notice – imminent threat to public safety. Demanding the provisional arrest of a head of state would we problematic, to say the least.

        Not figuring that out makes the report seem a bit gullible.

        Rest of it seems to be same old same old – yanks don't like wikileaks, onward extradition, demands for declarations of immunity (in essence), his accusers didn't act in the approapriate way for victims, and so on. Rape apology groundhog day.


        • Drowsy M. Kram

          "Rape apology groundhog day."

          "One of the very few advantages to Assange being behind bars in the UK’s version of Guantanamo Bay instead of holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy is that the arguments are so much clearer and more honest now. You can no longer get away with claiming that Assange is just a coward hiding from justice who can “leave whenever he wants” and present yourself as merely a casual observer who just happens to want to share his opinion that the WikiLeaks founder is a fascist Russian spy rapist who smells bad and mistreats his cat, because you will always be entering a discussion involving the fact that Assange is in prison awaiting extradition to the United States."

          View at


          • greywarshark

            DrowsyMKram  + 1

          • McFlock

            UK version of gtimo, huh. Lols.

            If he'd never set foot in the embassy, he would have been a free man within a couple of years. Then he might have been able to skip the country when the yanks finally made their move.

            He stuffed himself good and proper, because he didn't want to face sexual assault proceedings.

            • francesca

              And the Ecuador government grants asylum on the grounds that rape charges are pending . 


              Asylum was granted on Ecuadorean recognition that Assange was a political refugee.

              Who knew that Obama had qualms about press freedom when he'd jailed more whistleblowers than any previous president.

              And Assange's prompt re arrest an hour after the arrest for bail jumping points to the fact that Assange and his legal team were right to fear extradition to the US

              • McFlock

                lol Ecuador got a bargaining chip.

                As for the US, it does seem Holder decided against going after Assange. So really, yeah – Assange put himself on ice only to be extradited by the guy he helped get elected.

                Quite poetic, really.

                • francesca

                  But Clinton did win the popular vote.

                  So convinced was she of a landslide victory she didnt bother to campaign in the very states she needed for an electoral college vote
                  Cant blame Assange for that

                  • McFlock

                    Lucky that's not what I said, then.

                    But wikileaks' little selective release certainly helped dolt45 get elected. Made a big part of the campaign. <a href="">An hour</a> after the "grab 'em by the pussy" tape surfaced, wikileaks announced the podesta email dump. Helpful coincidence, that.

                    So yeah – pretty fucking poetic if you ask me. He gets so far up his own PR spin that  he helps get elected the guy who does the thing the Obama administration decided to avoid (for very good reasons – if the hacking evidence is as thin as it looks so far, the extradition is a serious 1st amendment issue).


                    • Drowsy M. Kram

                      "pretty fucking poetic if you ask me" – the schadenfreude is strong in this one.

                    • McFlock

                      Gotta say, after almost ten years of this crap I do think it's pretty funny.

                      He was set to go to Sweden, do his trial, maybe even get found innocent but even if found guilty of rape he wouldn't have spent as long in prison as he spent in the embassy (I don't think Sweden has mandatory minimums, so he'd be on the same scale as every other rapist, just at the lighter end of sentencing). And the yanks didn't have a case in those days. Also – hacking? Wasn't the big fear being charged under the Espionage Act? lol

                      But no, he locked himself in an apartment for seven years, only to be sold like a secondhand sofa (makes people uncomfortable, is a bit smelly, might as well make some cash) and the guy he helped get elected turned out to have fewer legal scruples that the people he'd been afraid of.




                    • Drowsy M. Kram

                      Just "pretty funny"?

                      You say "smelly", I say 'smeary’.

                      Several BIG stinks – best put a ‘lid’ on them (hush hush)?

                    • McFlock

                      Well, it's not laugh-out-loud material. There's just a pleasing symmettry to the idea that he evaded sexual assault proceedings for so long that the thin excuse he used to justify his evasion ended up becoming reality, brought into actuality by the dictatorial administration he helped get elected.

                    • Drowsy M. Kram

                      Ah, "a pleasing symmettry" – how wonderfully abstract.

                      The delightful plight of the smelly man has barely begun.

                    • McFlock

                      Maybe I'll feel bad for him if the yanks actually get a hold of him and sentence him to some insane time. But at the moment, everything that's happened has been the result of his own actions <i>even if he didn't do the alleged sexual assaults</i>.


        • One Two

          rape apology groundhog day…

          Have you been given a free pass to repeat that statement ad nauseum, flocky?

          Or do you enjoy repeating it…

          Both…more…something else perhaps…

          • McFlock

            If you jerks want to keep recycling the rape apology tropes you love, I'll keep recycling the groundhog day reference.

            • mauī

              Can't remember many or any tropes being rolled out to be honest. Has anyone been saying "boys will be boys", etc.

              • McFlock

                Well, you obviously haven't read any of the threads over the years. Look for the comments preceding the phrase "rape apologist", that'll be a good start.

            • One Two

              …you just enjoy saying those words…


              • Muttonbird

                Some people think if you're not screaming rape 20 times a day then you condone it.

                • McFlock

                  Because minimising the allegations and casting aspersions on the complainants and anyone who agrees with them is <i>totally</i> like " not screaming rape 20 times a day " 🙄

        • Psycho Milt

          Rape apology groundhog day.

          Facepalm after facepalm.  The doco tells how one woman claimed that Assange wouldn't use a condom and pinned her down so he could fuck her without one.  The doco maker then spends an inordinate amount of time on the rape apologist meme "The victim's subsequent behaviour doesn't match my expectations of how a victim of sexual violence should behave, therefore I'm implying but carefully not stating explicitly that she's falsely accused this poor chap."  Ugly, ugly shit, replicated at length in comments threads on this blog.

          Hat tip for noobs at sex: if sex with you results in women feeling they need to talk to a police officer, ur doin it wrong.

          • greywarshark

            Psycho    That is pretty unobjective.    I would question the value of either the woman or the documentary maker.    I wouldn't be prepared to believe either of them.   Then you turn your subjective slant on people here.    Unreasonable.


            • Psycho Milt

              Do you imagine that whom you believe or disbelieve counts for something outside your own head? 

              • greywarshark


                Vice versa mate.

                • McFlock

                  Which is why we have courts.

                • Well, of course.  I wouldn't say that if I thought my own beliefs or disbeliefs were significant outside my own head.

                  However, identifying rape apologia when people are peddling it doesn't involve believing or disbelieving anyone, just the ability to parse a sentence and the ability to recognise an argument that's being made.

                  Also, what McFlock said.

          • Drowsy M. Kram

            "Ugly, ugly shit, replicated at length in comments threads on this blog."

            Admire the vision of Assange and others who founded WikiLeaks.  The pretence that my on-going appreciation of that vision, and concern over the likely outcome of the current Assange extradition process, makes me a ‘rape apologist’ is perverse. And ugly.

            • Psycho Milt

              I haven't noticed you posting rape apologia on this blog. Admittedly, that could simply be inattention on my part – do you feel that that description applies to your comments?

              • Drowsy M. Kram

                You might not have noticed.  In answer to your question, I have my doubts.

                When McFlock commented that widespread public admiration of Saville, Cosby and Assange had helped them to conceal their sexual offending (OK, alleged sexual offending in Assange's case, but let's not quibble), I felt uneasy. Had my admiration for Assange's achievements clouded my judgement, and (much worse) contributed (in a small way) to his ability to evade trial?

                Most of us probably admire many people (Cosby was a gifted comedian, IMO), and may have on occasion expressed that admiration.  If one of these admired people was subsequently revealed to be a monster, would the admirer(s) be cupable?

                I'd prefer that labels such as 'rape apologist' and 'whatever-a-phobe' be applied accurately.  IMHO rape apologia labels have been used too frequently for point scoring and in attempts to bolster weak positions or shut down arguments.

                Rape apologia labels have certainly enjoyed extensive use on this blog, and not only in posts and comments regarding Assange.  A 'tiny' Assange-focused sample can be found in these posts from 2015: /all-apologies/ (332 comments) /finally/ (500 comments)

                "I get that you want to talk about an aspect of the Assange situation without talking about rape culture , but until pro-Assange commenters stop using rape apologies to support their arguments, it’s never going to happen."

                Fair enough, but when such terms are 'weaponised', examine motive.  The same goes for barbs about mental health, intellectual capacity, etc. etc.

                "Does rape culture, rape apology and rape denial have to be central to every discussion related to Julian Assange. Do you think so? I don’t."

                • McFlock

                  The comments in the "Finally" thread included:<blockquote> ..and one of them was a CIA agent….weird that…honey traps? </blockquote>

                  That looks to me like a spurious denial a rape occurred.

                  Recently, commenters have referred to deliberatley not wearing a condom (against the partner's wishes), pinning someone to the bed, and penetrating a sleeping person (again, without a condom contrary to the person's expressed wishes on safe sex), as "poor sexual etiquette".

                  That looks to me like minimisation of what is legally and ethically rape.

                  To me, spurious denial and minimisation both fit rationally into the description "rape apology"


                  • Drowsy M. Kram

                    If/when the evidence (victim statements, etc.) is presented to a court, then it can be evaluated together with other evidence – hopefully the (alleged) victims will not have to attend the trial(s) (if that's how Swedish courts do things) unless they wish to.  The victim accounts are persuasive (I believe them), but what I believe is not legally material.

                    Seems unlikely to me that US interests will let Assange anywhere near a Swedish court prior to extradition to the US, but an arrangment that affords the opportunity to try Assange in Sweden at some point is not out of the question.

                    "That looks to me like minimisation of what is legally and ethically rape."

                    Agreed, the comments you describe fit the criteria for rape apology.

                    Is Assange a rapist?  I'd like to know.

                    • McFlock

                      If the Swedes reactivate their case, it's an interesting question of whether it takes precedent over any US extradition case.

                      Assange skipped bail at the end of the extradition proceedings for Sweden, so if there'd been no suspension then he'd just be put on a plane to Stockholm after the absconding charge is dealth with. But the suspension/reactivation maybe means they need to start from scratch.

                      I'm not familiar with any cases where multiple countries have tried to extradite.the same person. Maybe if goes on a first come, first served basis. I dunno.


                      As for wanting to know – he's the one who tried as hard as possible to stop that from going to court. His legal team and supporters are the ones who lied from the start, with claims that the sexual assault charges were "sex by surprise", and that bullshit about orange vs red notices. There's also the discrepancies about what his lawyer was told about Assange leaving Sweden, and how Assange's departure related to being informed about the likely result of a second interview.

                      Personally, I think the CIA and so on sat back in amazement and watched an egotistical jerk completely stuff himself at the height of his global influence and relevance.

                      Is he a rapist in those two instances? In the absence of a trial, all we can do is believe the women. So, probably.

                    • Drowsy M. Kram

                      A good many were pretty pleased that the question was out there.

                      The answer is now largely immaterial in the greater scheme, but I'd still like to know – goes to Assange’s personal credibility (cf. WikiLeaks.)

                    • McFlock

                      Not really: Assange is not wikileaks. That's actually the point: the information is distributed without a bona fide source. It's the reaction to the information that shows its legitimacy.

                      Assange was in contact with Manning, but for all Assange knew, Manning was supplying tainted goods on behalf of the Russians. But the most damaging material was genuine, because the yanks admitted it and the material was unique (ISTR Russia once got caught releasing Call of Duty footage as airstrike footage lol).

                      What goes to wikileaks' credibility are actions like releasing material that was selectively edited, like the Podesta stuff. Whether that was edited by the Russians or by wikileaks (probably too much material for Assange to do it himself), that's the stuff that hurts Wikileaks' credibility. It goes from being an information distributor to being a biased information filter.

                      Assange is just a dude, like anyone else. If he did commit rape, wikileaks could still be a net good (despite some real fails in the last few years, showing bias and endangering people e.g. doxxing women voters in turkey).


                • Most of us probably admire many people (Cosby was a gifted comedian, IMO), and may have on occasion expressed that admiration.  If one of these admired people was subsequently revealed to be a monster, would the admirer(s) be cupable?

                  Nope.  The alleged perp may also have done many admirable things and admiring those things isn't rape apology. 

                  Rape apologia consists of attempts to minimise the significance of what occurred, to find reasons to excuse the alleged perpetrator or to try and discredit the complainant.  Examples of those things appear in the linked documentary and in The Standard's comments threads about Assange.

          • mauī

            Here I was thinking the doco goes over some of the agreed facts of the case, and finds many facets of the allegations raise questions. I think you're confusing common sense with rape apology.

            • McFlock

              Well, most of the doco was on wikileaks and the yanks. A portion of the doco was on some of the facts of the case, and the rest was on guys saying women didn't act like they reckon someone who was sexually assaulted would act.


              So you were only a little bit off.

            • Psycho Milt

              …many facets of the allegations raise questions.

              The most important of those questions being "If your approach to sexual intercourse results in women feeling the need to attend a police station, is it time to re-think your approach to sexual intercourse?"  

              However, the secondary one is only slightly less important: "If you find yourself coming up with reasons why women who've laid a complaint about non-consensual sexual activity shouldn't be believed, is it time to re-think your attitude to consent?"


              • mauī

                You're forgetting the reason for visiting the police was for an STD check, and when it came to giving evidence over any assault occurring it was refused.

                We're talking about one disputed incident of non-consensual sex amongst earlier consensual sex before and after. Which means applying a brain to what is alleged, and looking at all the facts around what happened. Something your argument refuses to do.

                • You're forgetting the reason for visiting the police was for an STD check, and when it came to giving evidence over any assault occurring it was refused.

                  I'm not forgetting the two women went to see if the police would force Assange to undergo an STD test after he allegedly fucked both of them without a condom in spite of their demand that he use one, no.  That's why I suggested that your sexual activities should not leave women feeling the need to visit a police station.

                  We're talking about one disputed incident of non-consensual sex amongst earlier consensual sex before and after.

                  Do you know there's a single word for that weasel phrase "non-consensual sex?"  There's a clue in the term "rape apologist."  In that one sentence we have two fine examples: minimisation of the alleged crime (not two rapes, just one) and the assumption that prior or subsequent instances of consensual sex rule out the possibility of rape. 

                • McFlock

                  You're forgetting the reason for visiting the police was for an STD check

                  Oh, indeed, whenever I want a piss test or any of my other sexual health needs met, I pop down to the local police station. Because in any developed society, the blue lights show people where they can get the blue pills. [slow gonorrhea clap]

  4. Rosemary McDonald 5

    Kirsty Johnston again highlights the precarious situation of non ACC disabled New Zealanders in this hard hitting article.


    Limited showers, no meal prep: 'Ruthless' plans to cut disabled care revealed


    An earlier article, published on the 14th March so lost in the aftermath of events on the 15th, describes the difficulty in accessing supports and the relief of one family when the child's disability was accepted by ACC for cover.

    Every hour is questioned' – Advocates say Health Ministry quietly reducing funding for disabled after ruling out big cuts

    I would love to spend the day here trying to argue the case…so many here simply don't or won't accept that the fightback from disability groups to the End of Life Choice Bill (I am not a member of any of these groups btw) is founded in the absolute fact that non ACC disabled are being slowly starved of funding for vital supports….leading to people feeling that they would be better off without this unbearable suffering.


    But I'm busy.  Got to get the house ready to sell…need to get enough not only to find a smaller but equally wheelchair friendly house to live in but to also fund vital mobility equipment that we heard this week the agency contracted by the Misery of Health to administer the equipment and modifications budget refuses to fund.

    The Ministry of Health Disability Support Services and the successive governments that have backed them  really are a bunch of arseholes.


    • Rosemary McDonald 5.1

      lprent…This Luddite is struggling a bit with the 'easier' system.  Very frustrating hitting 'backspace' to correct and losing all my text. My fault entirely…just thought I'd give you good reason to chuckle at the misery of the technologically challenged.

      Sorry to shout.

    • Kay 5.2

      Thanks for the link Rosemary, sobering reading but again, not batting an eyelid anymore. I can recall about 15-20 years ago when CCDHB suddenly decided a whole lot of disabilities overnight no longer were, at least not when it came to qualifying for any home based support out of them.

      What I will never understand is the general logic behind all of this. Is it a case of the individual agencies MoH/DHBs/ACC/MSD only thinking about their own budgets? Why can't they do a serious holistic cost benefit analysis that will inevitably show that cutbacks in one area is just going to increase the cost to another agency, plus extra due to avoidable deterioration. I'm sure even the most supportive general public would object to avoidable cost if they knew it was happening.

      Oh I forgot- bureacracy = logic + reason , ha ha, silly me, what was I thinking…

      • Rosemary McDonald 5.2.1

        I emailed Kirsty Johnston earlier this morning and asked if it were possible to see the referenced documents, and bless her, within a few minutes they landed in my inbox.  I see she has now put most of them as a footer to the Herald article.

        Those not familiar with how these pricks think should really read their way through them…reminding themselves every few minutes that it is actual live human beings with sometimes total dependency on hands on help from others that are being discussed.

        You and I Kay don't need to read them….because we know…but reading them is reassuring as it confirms our suspicions are well founded.


        As a footnote to Kirsty this morning  I wrote, ' The cost overruns are due to burdensome bureaucracy and the vile
        stupidity of having two state funded and administrated systems
        providing the same service for those with permanent impairments.

        We are simply not a big enough country to be running two systems.'


        Which is saying pretty much along the same lines as you.


        Hey, Kay, we should apply for positions as Advisors! laugh

        • Kay

          I like the advisor idea, only if they pay me under the table…that small matter of one can't avoid declaring taxable income to Winz wink

          On the other had, I don't think their poor little bureaucratic minds could cope with us!

        • Brigid

          I have read some of them. Makes me sick.

          Bastards. I know a bit first hand the treatment disabled and elderly get from Waikato Disability Support Services.

          • Rosemary McDonald

            Brigid …the treatment disabled and elderly get from Waikato Disability Support Services.

            Yes. DSL. One of the more interesting and ultimately frustrating exercises my partner and I had to go through in the past few years was requesting and receiving his file from DSL. I'd like to think you'd be surprised at the level of incompetence we found…but sadly, you won't be. We learned a few years ago to conduct all communications with them via email…really quite frightening that they are happy to lay their failings out in writing for all to see.

      • Sacha 5.2.2

        Funding in narrow silos is a well-known problem with our state system. It does not make sense even on the narrowest cost-benefit terms. And that is without considering the huge extra pain and wasted energy.

    • adam 5.3

      I was thinking if this is the new way of doing things with kindness from our government, Then I'd really hate to see what it means if they weren't following that doctrine. 


      That said, when you come to the table tethered to neo-liberalism economics, and the wholesale commodification of human beings – we can't really expect anything less. 



      • Sacha 5.3.1

        It looks like the Minister/s in charge may have quashed this behaviour, probably with promises of Budget increases next month. Fixing the inhuman culture in some managers will take more than that.

        • Rosemary McDonald

          Perusing the emails Sacha, it seems there are still a few long term incumbents participating in this exercise.  Names that have been attached to emails and mentioned in dispatches since just about forever.  So, still aways to go methinks.

          I did email (and I'm pretty sure a whole heap of other stirrers did too wink ) JAG a while back after looking at her diary and seeing who in the disability sector she was meeting with.  No! No! I wrote, '…don't confine your discussions to those who have been 'meeting with ministers' over the past 10years or so'….especially those from the Miserly and NZDSN.

          Clearly it worked. /sarc.



    • alwyn 5.4

      How could you possibly bring this article to peoples attention? After all you wouldn't want anyone to think that our kind caring Government won't do anything to look after disabled people. It wouldn't go with the image of a PM they are pushing so hard would it?

      When I was reading the article there were a couple of things that stood out. The first was that the spending had risen in the last 5 years but we couldn't afford it any longer and that about $100 million had to be saved. The second was that the Minister talking about it was Julie Anne Genter.

      "Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter said decisions about who received support were made by the ministry, and it had not been directed to cut funding by ministers." Well she would claim that it had nothing to do with her wouldn't she?

      "it had increased funding to the $1.268 billion disability support sector each year for five years, but could no do so longer." Instead they want to cut out, by stealth $100 million/year. See

      So we had steady increases from National and a clamp down on the expenditure by the current lot.

      Where have I seen this Minister and this amount of money recently? Oh yes, in the Dom/Post we had a story about how the Government, pushed along by Genter, are going to spend that much money on a walk cum cycle way between Ngauranga and Petone. That is about 6 km and goes from nowhere to nowhere.

      So she can find a $100 million to allow about 50 cyclists a day, in summer, to pedal along the side of the harbour. There will also be about 50 pedestrians a year doing the same, at least by my estimate. Lets face it. It is about a 2 hour walk and about all you can do at Ngauranga is to be collected by someone in a car or spend another hour walking into the city. In winter of course you might get 50 cyclists a week.

      Well so much for spending scarce money on people who need it. Genter's hobbies are much more important. 

    • Macro 5.5

      Thanks Rosemary for that Link – I heard about it independently this morning.

      The clear take away from this is that our government needs to raise more revenue to fund the on-going costs of providing services to NZers, and it needs to do it now.

      The great tax giveaway by the last govt was always going to be at the expense of those within NZ who were the most vulnerable; and so it proves to be. We cannot even implement a CGT in this country – whereas such a tax is almost universal world wide – because in our heart of hearts, NZ baby boomers, and Gen Xers, are by and large so greedy, that any suggestion we might have to fork out a bit of our "hard earned cash" to help others (or even ourselves in later life) is an anathema.

      • alwyn 5.5.1

        You did see that the money for this work had risen every year for the last 5 years didn't you? In other words a National Government increased the budget each year and it is only the current mob who are cutting it. But you don't want to believe that do you so you will just ignore the facts of the matter..

        • Rosemary McDonald

          Alwyn…I'll be very pissed off if I have to spend precious getting the house ready to sell time finding the documents to back up your claim that National increased the disability spend.  Prove it you idle so and so!

          As others will tell you…the increase by no means matched the increase in demand and population.


          In fact…if I recall it might actually have amounted to less per capita…


          • Macro

            if I recall it might actually have amounted to less per capita

            yes Rosemary it did

      • Rosemary McDonald 5.5.2

        Unfortunately Macro it is not just about the money.  It is Labour, way back when Annette King birthed the Public Health and Disability Act 2000 who gave the Ministry of Health responsibility for the care of non ACC permanently foobarred.  The Ministry of Health promptly contracted out every single aspect of Disability Support Services, including the Needs Assessment and Service Coordination.  MOH DSS set policy only…and a pretty poor job they've done of that.

        The Misery (because the PHDAct says it has to) 'consults' with stakeholders…who almost inevitably have had some financial relationship with the Ministry (providers, NGOs, 'charities' representing the interests of disabled folk and carers and the like) who have, unsurprisingly been inclined to go along with policy so as not to lose their funding.  Snouts in the trough and all rather incestuous.

        No wonder we now have this mutant spawn.

        MOH bureaucrats are amoung the highest paid in the Public Service and for many years have been lead by a some rather odd types.

        It is the bureaucrats that are the biggest waste of money…

        • Macro

          Actually Rosemary by world standards NZ's Health Bureaucracy is one of the most efficient – ranking 2nd in the world behind Australia.

          as you can see in this chart here:

          Our health outcomes are not so good and this is due to the fact that our health sector has been consistently underfunded for years. So much so that our mental health services are almost non existent in some parts of the country. How does this happen? Because government have over the years pandered to middle class voters who demand more and more tax cuts and yes Labour has some blame to share on this but the past decade has been the result of Bill English's largess with tax cuts to buy the votes from the voting public which quite frankly the country could not afford. Labour have been left with a huge govt deficit and in order to gain sufficient backing inorder to not put off support you will remember that Labour and the Greens signed up to a "Fiscal Responsibility Bill" this has effectively hamstrung the current administration from raising further revenue by way of increasing tax take and the result is just where we are now.

          You and I can rail as much as we like! but until there is more money flowing into the governments coffers the situation is only going to stay the same or deteriorate as more elderly become a burden on the Health system.

          • Rosemary McDonald

            Macro…lookitthat…yet another measuring tool!


            However, when you look at what our own SSC found when doing the 2017 Performance Improvement Framework Review …there were serious concerns with the upper levels of management at the Misery.

            In fact overall..its a pretty dismal read.


            So if we're 2nd in the world for 'efficiency'….?



            • Macro

              Well that's the whole point Rosemary – if our Health System is considered pretty efficient, but we are still failing in many areas, ( we fall to 7th in health outcomes and access, and 8th for equity for instance) then it has to be something else. And as you have pointed out, while funding has increased in dollar terms, it certainly hasn't kept up with the increasing needs of a growing and ageing population. This as I have pointed out is the major constraint on our failing Health system – we have a very good model – one of the best in the world – but it is not being funded adequately – you can't keep on squeezing a lemon and expecting to get more from it. And the constraint on funding falls directly back on the ability of the government to raise funds. National increased the debt level thru borrowing to fund such things as Health and Education to around $62 B NZ.


              But you have to pay that back at some point. And they were forced to do this because they gave away so much in tax "relief" to people who in most cases didn't really need it. 

          • Sacha

            Is there a separate reckoning of disability support services, rather than health? Not the same thing. Most of our health system is indeed efficient and well-managed compared with many other countries.

            • Macro

              Yes there are NGO's that provide support services and they source funding both from Govt and elsewhere, but govt funding for disability services is primarily channeled through the Ministry of Health.


              • Sacha

                Support services are via MoH, yes, but other NZ disability funding cuts across many agencies – all adds up to over $3b/yr. In some countries it’s funded and delivered differently, including via local bodies.

                Does the Commonwealth Fund report on disability separately from health?

    • greywarshark 5.6

      Rosemay McD & Macro

      All the best with the house price.   The pictures I see have all the lights on as it gets to late afternoon – makes the place look welcoming.

      And there is the idea of baking bread (Not to be confused with breaking bad) – my favourite smell is buns with cumin seed sprinkled on them.

      Efficiency and distribution – two different aspects of health budget Macro.
      And does that efficiency actually measure what counts.
      If it is devised by USA sources even WHO maybe they have a sweet spot for high salaries for the top people as we have in NZ also.

  5. francesca 6

    Thats an illuminating doco
    Its incredible to see how media coverage has changed from supporting Assange back in 2010, when the Swedish allegations were widely viewed with suspicion, to where we’re at now with infantile reports of shit -on-the -walls etc and kitty litter, all designed to engender disgust

    Since 2012 there has been an extensive campaign of character assassination and journalists have almost universally joined in a hideous blood lust lynching spree to mock, deride and shame one of their own , and thus erode any support for Assange in his life and death struggle for freedom , his and our own

    Lets not forget that Ecuador granted him political asylum, not asylum from rape charges

    At any rate there was absolutely no reason why Sweden couldn’t have pursued the investigation and charged Assange in absentia, if they were so adamant they couldn’t travel to the UK.After all for over a year and a half, Assange was under house arrest and had made himself available.

    As far as the bail jumping goes , his 550 or so days under house arrest , replete with electronic ankle bracelets would surely equal any actual jail time.

    Anyone who doesn’t smell the strong reek of geopolitics here has a serious case of anosmia

    • aj 6.1

      If the USA investigated war crimes with the same venom they pursue whistle blowers they may regain some moral authority. As it is they have none.

    • Observer Tokoroa 6.2

      A useful stand in

      Francesca, I fail to see why you do not become a stand in for Julian Assange.  He has nice ways with women. He is adept at hacking – although he sometimes avoids it in order to hang the blame for stealing information on weaker persons.

      He sees himself as the one person in the world who can decide the future of the USA or Australia or Timbuctoo. 

      He has methods of avoiding police requests to attend Court.  On top of which he has massive support from people who believe in the theft of private information. 

      According to reports within Turkey, he holds virtually complete personal information on nearly every Turkey Female.

      (Do you happen to know if John Key and Mr English have handed over all private documents of NZ Citizens to the Government. Key and English did a lot of shuffling.






  6. Andre 7

    Well yes, the idea that it was "total exoneration" was always "total bullshit". Looks like someone showed the jellybaby Joffrey the picture-book edition of the Mueller report, and the dummy got spat into orbit.




    • joe90 7.1

      After a lifetime punching down, tRump has absolutely no idea about how to defend himself. As with most bullies, the prospect of an opponent fighting back terrifies him and his obvious weakness undermines the feigned machismo that his base laps up.  Consequently, he's reduced to pissing and moaning and venting his spleen on those closest to him. That's all he's got.



      btw, his legal woes run at 5,200 and 300 ±






  7. Rosemary McDonald 8

    …and  just because we all need a laugh now and again.




  8. Dennis Frank 9

    Know any trapped angry Labour voters?  Tell them they ain't alone.  Recommend stoicism because nothing can be done.  Tell them to look on the bright side of life, where an endless supply of helpful platitudes can be found.  We have a Labour-led government, for instance.

    "Labour had to choose between upsetting their own voters or upsetting the centrist voters who hate the thought of a CGT. Labour chose to burn their own voters. Labour would know their own supporters have nowhere to go apart from the Greens, and what is that if not a vote for a left-wing government led by Labour anyway? Angry Labour voters are trapped."

    • Stuart Munro. 9.1

      It is better to be an enemy than a friend to Labour; If you are their enemy, they will buy you, if you are their friend they will sell you.

    • Craig H 9.2

      As a long time Labour voter, I don't care whether they implement CGT or not, and Labour campaigned at the 2017 election on a working group, not CGT.

    • Incognito 9.3

      The Pyramid of Powerlessness:

      4,956,975 residents can do nothing unless they can vote.

      3,298,009 eligible voters can do nothing unless they do vote.

      2,630,173 voters can do nothing unless they vote for the winning coalition.

      120 MPs can do nothing unless they are in Government.

      63 CoL MPs can do nothing unless they are Minister.

      26 Ministers can do nothing unless they are PM.

      1 PM can do nothing unless …

      • Dennis Frank 9.3.1

        [Unless] it is god's will.  Or, following Hobbes, the will of the leviathan of which we are all part:

        "The state of nature is the "war of every man against every man," in which people constantly seek to destroy one another. This state is so horrible that human beings naturally seek peace, and the best way to achieve peace is to construct the Leviathan through social contract."

        Internet culture wars are reviving the social darwinism described in the early part of the quote, whereas MMP is our current form of the co-constructed latter design.

        • Incognito

          So, it is our belief (!) that it is the Circle of Powerlessness, which is even worse than a pyramid. Or just (!) a human (social) construct to keep maintain status quo?

          Where does the power of/for change come from?

          Does power come from strength or strength from power?

          Why do we feel weak and fearful?

          These are rhetorical questions, BTW.

        • greywarshark

          I don't like grandiose statements like 'The state of nature is the "war of every man against every man".   It seems self-serving warping of words to excuse some shitty behaviour that is being rationalised.

          • Incognito

            Leviathan was apparently written in 1651 and we have moved on to neo-liberalism:

            The state of Nature is every Man by himself, for himself. The State must stay out of personal affairs and never interfere with the Free Market. There’s no such thing as Society, only individual men and women and their families. There’s no such thing as Social Contract, only the Law, which must be upheld by the State to safeguard Property and Capital of law-abiding citizens.

      • Peter 9.3.2

        Easily fixed. Don’t let the3,298,009 eligible voters vote, especially the 2,630,173 voters who don’t vote for the coalition. Then none of them will be disillusioned and disgruntled.

        • Incognito

          I hear you! If democracy no longer sparks joy we should get rid of it and replace it with something better.

          BTW, 1,165,150 votes were for the opposition parties and 1,305,333 for the CoL.

        • greywarshark

          You're a sour one Peter.   The take you have on comments must reflect your regular viewpoint, which doesn't appear constructive.

  9. Sancho_Panza 10

    Hey lprent: the new system works !!!

  10. Reality 11

    Can someone explain exactly how our PM could have got a CGT passed without Cabinet approval?  In other words, without NZF's agreement.  It is an MMP government not a one party government (in other words an authoritarian dictatorship).  It amazes me that people here think Jacinda can accede to whatever is on their Wishlist.  Life is not like that and there always has to be compromise.  Instead of moaning about what hasn't or can't be done, think at what has been done.  Nothing will ever be perfect and there will always be much more to be done.  From my limited knowledge surely a CGT would be very expensive to implement and operate and would be a gold mine for lawyers and accountants.  And as they say about universal super, it is straightforward and less expensive to operate, rather than what a means tested super would be.

    I am proud of our PM and her achievements.



  11. joe90 12


    tRrump insisted on bilateral trade negotiations because he thinks it gives him the whiphand, and then complains when his supposed trading partner two-times him with other nations. Man's an idiot.





    TOKYO — America will not let its agricultural exporters be "hurt" by Japanese deals that currently offer better terms to other trade partners, U.S. Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty told Nikkei on Wednesday.

    Hagerty cited Japan's economic partnership agreement with the European Union and the revamped Trans-Pacific Partnership, which both took effect in recent months, lowering tariffs on a wide range of goods. "By implementing these agreements before addressing our bilateral trade relationship, Japan is effectively redistributing market share away from its strongest ally, the United States," he said.


  12. joe90 13

    Sir Dave rings the bell.


  13. marty mars 14

    So bad – the haters keep hating and innocent people keep being murdered. 

    Six bombs have been detonated at three churches and three hotels frequented by tourists in Sri Lanka, authorities say.

    At least 50 people have been killed and 280 more injured in the Easter Sunday bombings around 8.45am local time, according to Sri Lanka police.

  14. greywarshark 15

    Sounds pretty right.

    Unlike traditional dictators, today’s would-be autocrats typically emerge from democratic settings. Most pursue a two-step strategy for undermining democracy: first, scapegoat and demonize vulnerable minorities to build popular support; then, weaken the checks and balances on government power needed to preserve human rights and the rule of law, such as an independent judiciary, a free media, and vigorous civic groups. Even the world’s established democracies have shown themselves vulnerable to this demagoguery and manipulation.

    Autocratic leaders rarely solve the problems that they cite to justify their rise to power, but they do create their own legacy of abuse. At home, the unaccountable government that they lead becomes prone to repression, corruption, and mismanagement. Some claim that autocrats are better at getting things done, but as they prioritize perpetuating their own power, the human cost can be enormous, such as the hyperinflation and economic devastation in once oil-rich Venezuela, the spree of extrajudicial killings as part of the “drug war” in the Philippines, or China’s mass detention of upwards of 1 million Turkic Muslims, primarily Uyghurs.

  15. cleangreen 16

    smiley Todays viewing of RNZ, TV one + 'Nubs hub' showed no care for concerns about the looming climate change disaster that awaits us all.


    Pathetic display of our own Dr 'scrooge"  grant Robisin claiming "we cant do everything at once, – it will take at least three terms".


    He is an idiot as the sea is comming now to claim the coastal areas and will destroy all lives and properties well before his magic time of 9 years or more to change direction.


    Shallow man that must be sacked for his wreckless lack of urgency..

  16. Kia ora Newshub. 

    Grant its all very well putting laws on social media so long as those laws don't stop free speach there is a big difference between frees speech and Hate speech  I know that the state servants want to shut eco Maori down . The big tech companies have to much power to be pushed around to much anyway.

    Kiwi buy skeem sounds good but I will wait and see how it goes the Crown keeps part of the value of the house so people can have a small $10. 000 deposit . 

    With Sri Lanka what a crying shame I didn't get time to edit last night I don't no exactly what going on there but it's a power struggle between religious  factions  there is no need we are all HUMANS  

    That old landfill down south that is being washed out to sea its is just the tip of the ice berger there will be more of those situations happening in the near future . 

    I'm running on a treadmill for half hour a day for the rest of my life the sandflys keeps blocking my music to try and stop my exercise system they don't want Eco Maori to live a minute longer YEA RIGHT I will get a USB stick and put my music on that try and block that muppets. 

    Mark the reason Earic is sitting across from you is the Thunder and lightning of ECO MAORI . 

    With the 20 years ago Colombia desaster I say we need to value love more love your nabour love you self love the wild life love the future love our past tipuna ansesters  You see the way things are Europeans treat love as a emotion that is suppressed I had a friend who was crying out for love from his mother and father but they didn't get it I was to young to get it he was European and wealthy he passed by his own hands he was my best friend he just needed to loved that is what I see now when I look back on things. I tell my children I love them when ever I can to support there WAIRUA even when they piss me off. 

    Amda the squirrels were quite cute  hope they have a good life. 

    I agree Sri Lanka has been hit hard by tsunami and now that desaster  and there tourists economy is going to be negatively effected . Ka kite ano P.S Ma te wa





  17. Whanau there is one substance that is the scrounge of some tangata whenua O Atoearoa here are some of the phenomenon linked to this poison. 1

    Well that link shows a few stats that are linked to colonialism and the substance. 2

    Its a crying shame what I see happening to my WHANAU. 3


    I wish I could do more to help our Mokopuna but I'm battleing to keep my immediate whanau and Mokopuna SAFE. 


    Money big money is spent on this shit it is causing a collapse of Maori Mana and taking out a lot of Maori leader once they try it some are hooked up on the shit for life. That substance is PEE crack up A. 

    WEll not from were Im looking at my WHANAU dropping out of the system some mite think it's a crack up but NOT FUCKEN ECO MAORI. 

  18. Some Eco Maori Music for the minute  

    You see whanau it's the tamariki /children who suffer the most from war from suppression from all the hate that is being served up around the world the tamariki suffering in silence PEE is the same I have said who is pushing that shit and that is the truth 

    • SHG 19.1

      <blockquote>You see whanau it's the tamariki /children who suffer the most from war </blockquote>

      Yeah, nah, pretty sure it's the servicepeople getting shot up and blown up and killed and maimed who have it the worst.

  19. Whanau we have to drop old RARU RARU we have to learn to forgive but not forget. Alot of these RARU RARU were from a time when our tipuna were in charge so Eco Maori says they should be passed on into the back of our minds. 

    Whanau we have to help each other we have to Tau toko other Maori first and formost not put them down don't shit on OUR OWN help our leaders lead and grow Maori Mana don't behave like eels tuna in a bucket and keep pulling our leaders back down there ladders of Life MAORIDOM need leaders and we need to look after them ourselves. 

    As you can see from my post that the state system is not doing Maori any favours it is actually tying both of our feet together limiting our climb up our ladder of life  Maori needs to build a big Maunga for our Mokopuna future because times are only going to get HARDER is what ECO MAORI sees 

    Ka kite ano. 



  20. Some Eco Maori Music for the minute. 

    This is a better waiata for the above post

  21. Kia ora Newshub. 

    Wow those helicopter rescue operators must have been having fun I know how rough Tawhirirmate can be down there on the Auckland island . When I was last down there I lost a friend he was a skipper dragged over board with his fish gear he was trying to recover $50.000 worth.

    That's cool that the students got to get there  temporary  NZ passport back Eco Maori is not against imagination but when it displaces the local tangata mahi that pisses me off like what happened in the dairy industry .

    Aotearoa has to adapt to the bigger ships and cruise ships bigger ships are more efficient and will burn less carbon that's good for the environment  and the way of the future . 

    Its about time that more of the truth comes out about Boeing planes faults  the truth is power it shows no one is to big to be held accountable .

    The tornado water spouts in the Haraki Golf shows how much power a beautiful glory Tawhirirmate HAS. 

    Happy birthday day to the young fella.

    All the best to the expecting couple.

    The Kaikoura earthquake as a good one its good to see students learning about Tangaroa and his beautiful creatures we could get a big earthquake  like that anytime 

    Ka kite ano 

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    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    2 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    3 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    3 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    3 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    4 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    4 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy
    5 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    5 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    5 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    5 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    1 week ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    1 week ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    1 week ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    1 week ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    2 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    2 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    2 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    2 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    2 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    2 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    3 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    3 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    3 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    3 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    3 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    3 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    3 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    4 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    4 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    4 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    4 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    4 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    4 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    4 days ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
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